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Jury finds Tonch Weldon guilty of first degree murder

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MARENGO (KWWL) -

An Iowa County jury has found Tonch Weldon guilty of first degree murder in the shooting of a woman who was involved in a relationship with Weldon and his wife.

The case went to the jury last Wednesday afternoon.

Weldon was charged with shooting and killing Amy Gephart at his home near Marengo in June 2009. Authorities say Weldon shot Gephart with a 20-gauge shotgun, then turned it on himself. Weldon survived, was hospitalized, and taken into custody afterwards.

Prosecutors argued the shooting was deliberate and premeditated. The defense claimed the shooting was a "crime of passion."

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